A plan to realign traffic lanes and build detours just west of the toll plaza will allow engineers and construction crews to complete those new eastbound lanes ahead of schedule. By implementing these detours for the next two years, the entire bridge will be able to open to the public earlier than previously scheduled. The detours will allow a construction crews to work between the existing and new bridges to complete the new eastbound lanes, which is not possible without the traffic realignment. Eastbound traffic will begin using the detour in May 2011 while westbound will start in early 2012. More information will be provided prior to the traffic shifts. Find out more.
Just west of the Toll Plaza, nestled against the Oakland shoreline, the Oakland Touchdown (OTD) will introduce westbound drivers to the new East Span as it carries traffic from Interstate 80 onto the sweeping side-by-side decks of the Skyway. For eastbound drivers from San Francisco, this section of the bridge will carry them from the Skyway into the East Bay. The project involves building the east and westbound roadways and a new electrical substation, in addition to extensive relocation of underground utilities.